Last Glaciation cold-adapted faunas in the Iberian Peninnsula
Deinsea , Volume 9 - Issue 1 p. 159- 170
The present paper presents a compilation and update of sites which contain last glaciation faunas in the Iberian peninsula. Some authors consider that, except in the Pyrenees, the Iberian glaciation was restricted to the OIS 2 and they only include this mountain range (sometimes together with the Cantabrian mountain range) in the distribution maps of cold-adapted faunas in Europe. Nevertheless, there were glaciation processes on other mountain systems placed at a more southern latitude than the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula, and cold-adapted species have been found even in the Andalusian territory. The aim of this study is to provide detailed and updated information about Iberian sites with the presence of Mammuthus primigenius, Coelodonta antiquitatis, Rangifer tarandus, Saiga tatarica, Ovibos moschatus, Gulo gulo and Alopex lagopus. This association represents typical cold-resistent forms of the last glacial in Eurasia and extends also to the Far East and Beringia (Kahlke 1999) so their presence in a number of sites in the Iberian Peninsula suggests cold conditions.